Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has presented the Kerala Tourism Awards for Excellence in Tourism 2015-16 in Thiruvananthapuram on December 19; 2017.
The Chief Minister presented the Best In-bound Tour Operator award to Intersight Tours & Travels, Three-star hotel (Special Mention) award to Estuary Island, Poovar; Four-star hotel award to Spice Village, Thekkady; Five-star hotel award to Kochi Marriott; Five-star deluxe hotel award to the Leela Raviz, Kovalam; Best heritage hotel award to Coconut Lagoon; Kumarakom and Best approved & classified Ayurvedic Center award to Somatheeram Chowara.
Rose Gardens, Munnar, bagged the award for approved & classified homestay award. Teak Town, Malappuram won the approved and classified service villa award.
Rajesh Nair of Eastend Hotels won the hotel manager award, Oriental School of Hotel Management was awarded the best tourism/hotel management institute.
Jyothilal (Mathrubhumi Yathra) won the award for tourism-related report in print media, Rajan M Thomas (Malayala Manorama) won the award for the Best Photography in tourism sector, Manorama Traveller got the Best Tourism related publication award and Mathrubhoomi Printing & Publishing won the award for the most innovative project in the tourism sector. Most innovative use of information technology award went to Sanchari Facebook Community and Chalukya Grace tours bagged the award for best practices in the field of responsible tourism. Best Adventure tourism operator award went to Kalypso Adventures , Best tourism club award to Darul Uloom VHSS and the Best student Co-ordinator of Tourism club award to Aiena Varghese.
Speaking at the function, the chief minister called for the development of a tourism culture involving public participation to improve Kerala’s prospects as a tourism destination. He observed that tourists would feel encouraged to visit the state if the people treated them with respect.